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The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado • 9

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run LnJ They're delicious, page 2B Historical ride, page 3B On the tube, page 5B ITD WJ Section Local newsObituariesCalendarTelevisiorVPeople Monday October 1. 1984 The Dally Sentinel Gunnison Things to come Sntlnl AoMon Dmk dams get BLM no Management plan renews opposition Bob Sllbomagol Daily Sentinel MONTROSE The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has repeated its opposition to dams on the Gunnison River immediately below the Black Canyon National Monument. The opposition is listed in a draft plan for management of 30,000 acres known as the Gunnison Gorge Recreation Area. The plan, issued early this month, notes that the Smith Fork Project proposed by the city of Delta and the Tri-County project proposed by the Colorado-Ute Electric Association would destroy or severely affect the wild region of the lower Gunnison Gorge.

Chuck McClain, supervisor of Generating Plant, takes a look at one the Shoshone Hydroelectric of the turbines. The plant will be shut down for four weeks of cleaning, maintenance and repairs to the dam. The plant has been pumping out electricity for 75 years 75th birthday merits a vacation Heathr McGregor Daily Sentinel GLENWOOD SPRINGS' In honor of its 75th birthday last week, the Shoshone Hydroelectric Generating Plant in Glenwood Canyon will take a four-week vacation. Back in the plants early years of operation. Public Service Co.

could never have afforded the luxury of shutting Shoshone down for extensive repair. Now, the states largest electric utility uses several other sources for electricity, and the 15 megawatts the Shoshone plant pumps out will be easily made up else Money would be earmarked for maintenance of the four major trails into the gorge, and for brochures to help river rafters, fishermen and other recreationists. 4 The plan notes, however, that. Colorado-Ute has indefinitely postponed further consideration of the Tri-County project for economic reasons. The city of Delta has done little with its Smith Fork project in the past year.

Although much of the recreation area is in the isolated Gunnison Gorge, a wilderness study area, the recreation area is not entirely wilderness. Portions would be opened for motorcycle and 4-wheel-drive enthusiasts. In particular, much of the adobe hill country east of Delta and Olathe would be opened to vehicles. The recreation management plan is not a document that sets hard rules for use of lands in and around the Gunnison Gorge, said Lance Nimmo, Uncompahgre Basin Resource Area manager for the BLM. Nimmo said the plan instead "is a thing that will trigger funding.

Before we can go and ask for money to manage a recreation area, weve got to- have a plan on how we'll manage it. Among other things, the BLM would seek additional money if the plan is approved to have a full-time employee to patrol the recreation area from June through September. A 4-wheel-drive vehicle, rubber raft or kayak would be included for the person patrolling. Money also would be earmarked for maintenance of the four major trails into the gorge, and for brochures to help river rafters, fishermen and other recreationists understand what is available in the recreation area, and how best to use the area. Nimmo said the BLM will begin work on a final draft of the recreation management plan in about a month.

Public comments on the existing plan will be accepted until the end of October. Mining firm socked with 24 Breast cancer screening clinic set at hospital The Mesa County Unit of the American Cancer Society in conjunction with several local doctors, is sponsoring two free breast cancer screening clinics at Mesa Me monul Hospital during Oeto her The clinics, Ocl. 8 and 15, will be held between 4.30 and 8 both days For more information about mammography or the clinics, call the Mesa County Unit at, 242 9593 Rhone students should put this on the calendar All former students of the Rhone School District are in vited to attend a reunion beginning at 10 a in Sunday at Lincoln Park Participants should bring a covered dish and their own table service Bird watchers .1 Could pick up cheep stuff here The Mesa County Audubon Society will have a benefit yard sale from 8 a to 5 Friday and Saturday at 2448 Mesa Ave Hundreds ofitems, including a variety of house-hold goods, bird feeders and bird houses, will be" for sale Real estate law is seminar topic in Glenwood The University of Colorado will present a course in Real Estate Practice and Law be ginning at 8 30 a in Wednes day at the Inn at Glenwood, Glenwood Springs The week long, 48 hour course will cov er property ownership, inter est, deeds, property trails fors, contracts, financing, licensing and agency law The course is required for the Colorado Real Estate la cense Tuition is $225. plus the cost ol textbooks Foi more information call I 800 332 5839 Redlands stages annual meeting for owners The Redlands Community Club will hold its annual meeting at 7 Tuesday at 2463 Broadway The program, open to all Redlands pinper ly owners, will include a business meeting election of dueclois and oIThcis Newly widowed invited to meet at workshop Newly widowed men and women invited to attend New Beginnings a mini woikshop for vouni'ci bus bands oi wives who lei colly lost their mates The five part progiam will instruct people on how to on derstand grid how lo deal with loneliness and depres sion and how to bun lion as a single parent The sessions will begin at 7 30 Toes day at the Mesa County Asso nation for Mental Health 1 170 Colorado Ave "I he work shop will continue through 0 30 For more information 9086 For more information on events and meetings please check items in the Calendar that face upriver, and the concrete on three of the dams six piers has deteriorated, he said. Workers will wrap steel plates around the noses, and secure the plates with more concrete.

Meanwhile, Public Service Co is moving and upgrading the power line that connects Shoshone with Grand Junction, McClain said The power line is being moved to make room for the lour lane con struction of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, and Public Service Co. is upgrading the line from 69 kilovolts to 115 kilovolts in the process citations being bored to speed coal removal from the mine As a result, runolf flowing into the Crystal River was black with coal and topsoil sediments Sediment control plans and structures are laid out in the com ponys mine permits, Griffin said "Its what theyre supposed lo live by. like their Bmle," she said When company officials landed a huge contract last winter that re quired lull-scale mining. Gnllin said, "they became more con corned about meeting their con tracts than keeping their environ mental protection up to par Delaney, however, said the eila turns were partly the result ol poll tics "The environmental community is pushing hard on this kind ol thing and the regulators are re sponsivo to this, he said He called lederal mine reclama tion laws, which govern coal mines, "the most punitive Congiess has yet enacted fident attitude of workers imply that the plant has run like clockwork for the past 75 years. Today's closure was prompted partly by plenty of wear and tear on the system in the last two years of high runoff, McClain said.

0 "The high trash flow in the river just beats on our equipment," he said. Several integral parts for the plant will be replaced, and three of the concrete piers that bolster the dam in the river will he strength ened with new steel noses The piers have points, or poses, runoff an act of God; combined with the steep terrain in Goal Basin, it made compliance with federal environmental regulations "practically impossible. These people, w'e feel, deliberately waited until the maximum flood runoff lo make their inspection, Delaney said. There was water running every where. It was the equivalent of a flood situation There was no way to control turbidity, and the water was already blackened from flow ing over the Mancos shale, Delaney said.

Donna Griffin, a federal Office ol Surface Mining reclamation spe ciaiist who inspected the mine with the state officials, said. "I have nev er seen so much water running eve ry where in my life She said that plow drivers had in advertently pushed snow into ditches designed to divert runoll. knocked down earthen berms and failed to adequately compress tail ings from an underground tunnel ing children 17 and under are runa ways. Hartman said he would not merely assume John Ji is a runa way This line of questioning is in tended to determine whether the boy is the victim of an abduction or a suicide case. said He's never run away boloie In fact, he's never been away from home for more than a day or two "Has he acted depressed lately "No "Does he have a girlfriend "Not lately lie been real in volvcd in sports at si hool Has he changed many friends lately "No.

lies had the same friends fora lot of years Do you have any reason to think he's suicidal "Not at all He been real happy lately Likes our home His mother and I talk to him every day and we haven't noticed anything wrong Weve had our share of problems, but nothing out of the ordinary. I think, fora boy his age "Have you had any arguments lately" where. "We usually just close it for a day to clean out the tunnel, said Chuck McClain, plant supervisor. Starting today, Shoshone will be closed for four weeks of intensive maintenance on the power plant, the diversion dam in the Colorado River and the two-mile tunneIN through the granite canyon wall thai carries 1,400 cubic feet of water per second to the power plant. On a tour of the plant, however, the clean and shiny generators, the orderly lights and dials and switches in the control room and the con-" Mid-Continent spokesman Bob Delaney called last springs excessive runoff an act of God.

Combined with the steep terrain in Coal Basin, it made compliance with federal environmental regulations practically impossible. Bob Delaney, a Mid-Continent vice-president and company spokesman, said the company has been negotiating with state officials over the fine and reclamation efforts for several weeks. "Were trying to reach some kind of understanding that will let us survive up there," Delaney said He called last spring's excessive "Your son's full name and physi cal description "JohnT Smith Jr lie's 15, Caucasian, 5 feet, 6 inches He weighs 135 pounds and has an average build His hair and eyes are brown IDs hair is medium length and wavy "When did you last see John Jr "At 7pm when he left for the party "Can you remember what he was wearing" "Blue jeans and a short sleeve hite shirt The officer wants to know how the boy got to the party, who the chaperones were how he was sup posed to get home, what time he was expected home and anyone Smith can think of that might pro vide further information The officer uses the second lorm to record information about John Jr likes and dislikes, his attitude, school work girlfriends and sum lar data "Doyou think he ran away "No, says Smith IDs answer is a common one among parents, and although a high percentage of miss He never came home What parents should do when their child fails to return Hat)r MoQragor Daily Sentinel REDSTONE Last springs record snowmelt running through Mid-Continent Resources' Coal Basin Mines led to 24 environmental citations that could cost the company $45000 in fines. The violations were cited by inspectors from the state Mined Land Reclamation Division during a five-day inspection last May. The violations mainly concern coal-laden runoff into the Crystal River, spills of coal piles onto surrounding topsoil and destruction of ditches and berms designed to divert runoff from tyj piles and loading areas.

Since the inspection, Mid Continent workers have repaired ditches and berms, installed metal fences to control runoff and planted grass to hold other topsoil in place. These efforts may reduce the total fine the'fDtnpany must pay. according to Fred Banta, coal supervisor for the MLRD who remains in a coma at St Marys Hospital and Medical Center, was near Gypsum on a cross-country trek when he was severely beaten Yoos is the youth who was mistakenly identified as 15-year-old Christopher Harvey of Andrews. Texas, missing since July 11 Using a mock incident report of a missing person, Ted Hartman, an investigator with the Mesa County Sheriffs Department explained what to expect It's 10 a Saturday. and John Smith has come to the sheriffs off ice to file a missing persons report on his son.

John Jr The officer asks what the problem is "My son went to a party last night and never came home The officer takes out two forms and begins to ask dozens of questions Would you give me your name, address and telephone numbers for your home andoffice" "My name is'John Smith and I live at 367 Road My home phone is 243- Mv office number is 245- Not really We had one last month, but il wasn I that big a deal and I think we all loigot about it Thus far Hartman said eveiv thing points to an abdoi ion case II it eventually is handled as an ah duition it will get priority status OIDnals would attempt to find wit nesses and then enfon enicnt agen cies nationwide would be alerted, but the greater coin entration of ef fort would be directed to the local area and the state Regardless ol what pc ol disc law agcni ics believe they have Hartman said in our department there is no 24 hour waiting period Indore authonties will attempt to loi ate aTinssing Inld He said that is a i si oni option held by some people Hartman said the a so would be a priority Ini ollners out on jiatrol over the first 48 hours After a 48 horn pci md il we ha yen received any new mini motion or don't have anv Hies then it a step down It would involve things more along an investigative line Please chec Missing, page 6B Jamas T. Bsmaih Daily Sentinel Your child, who has been out for the evening and should have been home 15 minutes ago, hasnt called. At first, you think the child simply is late and needs a good talking-to when he returns Then, minutes turn into hours, and you're concerned that something may be wrong Soon, you fear something has happened Perhaps the child has been injured, perhaps the child has run away from home, maybe because of a recent argument with you, and, worst of all. it occurs to you that hes been abducted Youve checked everywhere you can think of, and still there is no sign of him. What do you do Call the police or other law enforcement agency.

That's the recommendation of authorities. What should you expect? Because of the publicity given the case of Scott Yoos last week, many parents have asked the same question. The 18-year-old Yoos,.

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